Southwest Airlines to stop flights to 2 Cuba destinations

, , Leave a comment


NCHORS. ROSS PALOMBO LIVE ON THE HILL ON A BUSY DAY. THANK YOU.>>Janine: SOUTHWEST AIRLINES IS THE LATEST COMMERCIAL AIRLINE TO CUT BACK SOME OF IT IS ROUTES TO CUBA DUST BUT THAT DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN DEMANDS FOR LIGHTS TO THE COMMUNITY EILAND HAS GONE TOWN.>>Janine: OUR OWN HATZEL VELA REPORTS FROM HAVANA.>>Hatzel: STARTING SEPTEMBER 4th, SOUTHWEST WILL NO LONGER FLY TO TWO CUBAN CITIES SANTA CLARA AND VAR ADERO. THE LAT SER ONE OF CUBA’S HOTTEST DESTINATIONS. SANTA CLARA WAS THE DESTINATION LAST YEAR FOR THE FIRST COMMERCIAL FLIGHT IN DECADE TO CUBA.>>REQUEST THEIR EXISTING FLEET AND THESE NEW RESTRICTIONS, THEY JUST DO NOT SEE A PATH FORWARD.>>Hatzel: AIRLINE OFFICIALS SAY THERE IS NOT ENOUGH SUSTAINABILITY IN THOSE MARKETS. ESPECIALLY IN LIGHT OF RECENT CHANGES PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP MADE WHEN IT COMES TO TRAVEL POLICY TOWARDS CUBA IT.>>MEANS IT’S GOING TO BE MORE DIFFICULT AND POSSIBLY MORE EXPENSIVE FOR THEM TO REACH THESE DESTINATIONS NOW.>>Hatzel: BUT THE MAJOR DISCOUNT AIRLINE IS APPLYING TO ADD ANOTHER DAILY ROUND TRIP BETWEEN FORT LAUDERDALE AND HAVANA. IT ALREADY HAS TWO DAILY FLIGHTS TO HAVANA. DESPITE THE SETBACKS FROM PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND NOW CUTBACKS WITH SOUTHWEST AIRLINES, THE CUBA GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO BE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT TOURISM HERE ON THE ISLAND. CUBA REPORTEDLY EARNED $3 BILLION FROM TOURISM IN 2016, AND THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT EXPECTS A HIGHER INCOME IN 2017. THE NUMBER OF FOREIGN VISITORS IS UP 22% COMPARED TO THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR. CUBA EXPECTS TO REACH A RECORD 4.2 MILLION VISITORS THIS YEAR. IN OTHER NEWS, THIS TWEET OUT OF WASHINGTON GETTING SOME ATTENTION. TH ACTING SET UP SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WESTERN HEMISPHERE SURGING THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT TO SAFEGUARD THE HEALTH OF JORGE CERVANTES A DISSIDENT ON A HUNGER STRIKE IN JAIL FOR WHAT THEY SAY IS EXERCISING HIS FREE SPEECH. VERHEY REFUSES MEMORABILIA CARE FOR FEAR THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT MAY WANT TO HURT HIM.>>HE COULD HAVE A KIDNEY FAILURE AT ANY TIME, AND THE FACT THAT HE HAS BEEN TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL INDICATES THAT THE

 

Leave a Reply